I learned windsurfing on a cold New
England bay with fickle winds,
currents and tides, so when I saw Alaçatı's
windsurfing on Turkey's Çeşme peninsula,
I was amazed: brisk, steady
a broad bay protected from
sea waves, tides and currents,
with a soft
sand sea bottom and
I sat there in a shady beachside cafe
and watched the flags blowing sideways,
sideways, always blowing, as though
someone had set controls on a wind
tunnel to "moderate-brisk," then gone
away on vacation.
This is perfect for
Then I saw letters formed with stones
on the far hillside: Alaçatı:
On the hillside to the north of the
bay, ranks of tall white electricity-generating
windmills slowly turned, turned, turned.
If it's steady enough for a windfarm,
I thought, it must be windsurfing paradise.
Cafés, restaurants, many small hotels,
and windsurfing shops provide
everything you need,
whether you want to take one run during
your Alaçatı stay,
or you intend to stay a week
and surf 10 hours a day.
windsurfing bay is about 3 km (2 miles)
south of the town center. If you head
north from Alaçatı 3
km (2 miles), you'll be at Ilıca,
with its splendid swimming
Every August, Alaçatı plays host toseveral races ("legs") of the PWA Windsurfing World Cup, six days of windsurfing challenges, competitions, and great viewing. More...
brisk, steady winds generate
electricity as well as windsurfing